11/09/01 - September 11 details
|Starring:||Youssef Chahine, Nour El-Sherif, Maryam Karimi, Claude Lelouch, Dzana Pinjo, Emmanuelle Laborit|
|Directors:||Youssef Chahine, Claude LeLouch, Claude LeLou, Samira Makhma|
|Genres:||Documentary, World Cinema|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
11/09/01 - September 11
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Apr 2003|
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Both chilling and warmingBy a customer from Stowmarket, England , 19 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Firstly I apologise for the length of this review as I myself can't be bothered to read long reviews but I just couldn't make this any shorter!
This collection of short films is remarkable. Each is very individual in style and subject matter but each relates to the events of September 11th 2001. Most make the point of sympathising with the USA but pointing out that its not the first country to suffer terrorism and that America has a far from perfect history itself in this regard.
I particularly liked the following films: the first film, from Afganistan/Iran, because it makes the comment; how could a child of 5 from this country possible understand what happened or appreciate the significance of the events in America. The children are real (not actors), articulate and delightful.
From Africa (sorry can't remember which country): It is the most light-hearted film, though it touches on the serious issues of aids and poverty. The somewhat surreal plot is about a group of school boys who think they've seen Osama Bin Laden in their town and set about to capture him for the million dollar reward.
From New York: Sean Penn's film is so sweet and sad. It is about a lonely old widower (wonderfully acted) who lives in the high rises of New York and how the 9/11 events affect his little world and life.
This film is a real must-have experience. It is a part of cultural history, in that it is a totally unique, honest and extraordinary response to those shocking events. It is thought-provoking, chilling and heart-warming. This world-view is an honour to all the dead of war and violence, not just Americans. Which is another reason why I like this film; it isn't just some 'we love America, America is all that is great and good' film. It is an important reminder and emotional experience of what it is to be human. After all it affects us all, we can say I know exactly where I was when I heard about those aeroplanes hitting the twin towers.
Finally I think it makes quite a good companion film to Bowling for Columbine.
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11/09/01 - September 11'By a customer from Ilford , 02 Sep 2008This film was very different I certainly have'nt seen anything like it before. The man that turned into a snake can NOT surely the best representation to use of September 11' aftermath. Not sure if I would recommend this film. However I would like say that not all has been covered and I'm sure we will be subjected to another September 11' disaster movie at some stage in the near future.
september 11By simes (240 reviews) from near Gloucester , 07 Jun 2008This is s good one, very scary as it really happened, a good documentary though
Beautiful & superbly executed by all...By Lee from Lichfield, England , 21 Nov 2007...even if you don't like all of the shorts, they're still somehow engaging & interesting.
My own favourites (with apologies to the directors concerned!! - & without giving any of the stories away)) - the one about the deaf girl - a simple and thought inducing idea. The Mexican one (?) all black screen with flashbulb snapshots - stunning & gripping (i sat motionless as this one unveiled - perhaps as we did when seeing the events on TV?)
Sean Penns' effort was lovely. The juxtaposition of grief inside the apartment & outside, i thought, was reflective of the day. Joy in the morning, then shock & grief as the day unfolded.
The Japanese one, however, had me completely bemused...couldn't work that one out at all :-)
Overall, though, a superb effort & none of the sanctimonious, saccharine treatments that we've become used to regarding this day.
The world's view of 9/11By ThomasKus (147 reviews) from Gloucester , 26 Sep 2007This is an important piece of film art and history because it allows major directors throughout the world to reflect on the events of 9/11 in their own unique ways. In a collection of short films there will always be ups and downs and different viewers will undoubtedly have different favourites in this collection. Each film is 11min long, very unique and not always obviously related to 9/11 in the superficial sense. Highlights include a teacher of Afghan children trying to explain the significance of the attacks to children who really have other more immediate problems to deal with every day, the African boy who thinks he spotted Osama Bin Laden and tries to catch him for the $25Mio reward in the hope to cure his mother's AIDS infection and the very intelligent piece by Ken Loach that links the attacks in New York with Pinochet's military coup on Sep 11 1973 - the speech by George Bush on the day suddenly gets a very new dimension here.
Overall I feel this is an important piece of film making. The extras give some textual background information/interviews on the individual entries even though not even that could enlighten the very obscure Japanese contribution that ends this collection. Watch it for the artistic and historic merit, the individuality of the films and the overall achievement.
Strange. Diverse.By a customer from UK , 01 Jul 2007A film supposed to be about Sept 11. Even though the different incidents around the world are tied up to Sept. 11 in a way, sometimes I felt no relationship to it whatsoever. This is not a Sept. 11 directly related film. Just a series of unrelated incidents that mostly do not have to do with Sept. 11 happening on this day in which the characters realize in the end what happened that day. Can be interesting for the diverse of places the acts are taking place in (the best was Egypt).